Score: VCU 3, William & Mary 0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-19)
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 3-1, William & Mary 1-3
The short story: Senior Alica Kandler delivered a match-high 12 kills, while junior Tori Baldwin led all players with 14.5 points as VCU turned in its most complete performance of the young season in a sweep of William & Mary.
- The Rams were in control for nearly the whole match and hit .283 with 14 blocks. William & Mary hit just .052 and produced four blocks.
- William & Mary had no answer for the 6-foot-3 Baldwin in the middle. The Liberty, N.C. native blasted 10 kills and hit .643. Defensively, she supplied seven blocks, including a pair of solos.
- Kandler contributed 10 of her 12 kills in the first two sets at the Rams took control. She hit .400 in 25 swings.
- Strange, who was named "Best Libero" last weekend at the Texas A&M Invitational, roamed the back row on the way to a season-high 18 digs.
- Sophomore Jasmin Sneed added six kills and six blocks for VCU.
- Sydney Biniak connected for nine kills to lead the Tribe.
- VCU's front line blocking contributed heavily to William & Mary's 21 hitting errors. The Tribe produced just 26 kills on the night.
- The Rams were dominant in nearly every faced of the match. VCU outdug William & Mary 43-34, outblocked its opponent 14-4 and served up four aces, compared to the Tribe's three.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- With her 18 digs, Strange moved into sixth place on VCU's career list with 1,325.
- VCU has won 15 of the last 18 meetings against the Tribe, a dominant stretch that dates to the 2006 season. VCU has won the last seven contests between the two schools.
VCU will hit the road and head to the Bowling Green/Toledo Invitational Sept. 1-2. The Rams will kick off the weekend against Notre Dame on Friday, Sept. 1 at 11 a.m at Bowling Green. VCU will then head north a short distance to Toledo, where it will meet the host Rockets at 7 p.m.